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UBC Certificate in Project Management

Program Handbook

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Continuing Studies and Executive Education, Sauder School of Business in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Science

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UBC Certificate in Project Management
UBC Continuing Studies Technology, Media and Professional programs UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 3B7 UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 3B7

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This program handbook is current as of February, 2010. Note that future editions of this program handbook may contain changes to program requirements and policies that supersede those outlined in this book, except where participants are notified otherwise. Copyright 2010. The University of British Columbia. All rights reserved. Printed in Canada.

.................. 16 Application Form ..............................................................................................................................................Contents Program Overview....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15 Program Advisory Committee ......................................................4 Curriculum...................................................................3 Program Format .....................................................................8 Program and Admission Information..........................................................................1 Program Approach .......................1 Program History ..................................................................................................................................15 Instructors............................................................................................................................... 11 Program Policies ...................................................................................17 ...................................................................................................................................7 Assessment Methods................................................... 16 Certificate in Project Management Administration ...................................................................................5 Project Management Processes............................................................................................................................................9 Program Fees.............5 Program Completion Requirements ..........7 Graduation Criteria ..........................................................9 Admission Information ......................................................................................................................................................2 Program Benefits ................................................................................................... 12 Administration................................................................................................................................................9 Application Process ..............................................................................................................................2 Who Should Take This Program?...............

A solid understanding of sound project management techniques and processes and the confidence to apply them appropriately are essential to project success. In 2006. UBC’s Certificate in Project Management is tailored to address the learning needs of experienced project managers facing new challenges and novice managers leading their first project. It offers a formal education program with opportunities to apply lessons learned in practical situations. All versions offer a well-rounded educational experience with a combination of lectures. the program was developed to fill a niche not currently served by other project management programs. full-time intensive or 100% online – allowing participants to choose a program best suited to their learning needs. The UBC Certificate in Project Management is delivered in three different versions – parttime. discussions and group projects. In collaboration with professionals in the project management field.Program Overview Increasingly. The curriculum is focused on providing participants with the knowledge and skills they need to excel as project managers and is compatible with the project management industry standard set by the Project Management Institute (PMI). small-group work. today’s leading companies need project management specialists capable of delivering mission-critical work on time and on budget. readings. the UBC Certificate in Project Management won a Program Excellence Award from UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 1 . Program History The UBC Certificate in Project Management was developed in response to an identified need among aspiring project managers and experienced project managers to develop and enhance new skills.

as well as project leaders and team members wanting to expand their knowledge and skills in planning. a high school diploma. three years of work experience or a combination of relevant work experience and education. part-time or 100% online. at minimum. While work experience is not strictly interpreted as project management experience.the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education. The program is relevant to a variety of industries including the high-tech. government and small business sectors. Different emphases are provided in each program from focusing on working within teams to applying specialized concepts to real work situations. and fluency in the English language* (business English written and oral skills) before entering the program. Each program whether full-time. a foundation is established upon which each subsequent module will build. education. *Note: a TOEFL or IELTS English Language score may be requested UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 2 . they develop a greater understanding of the full breadth of project management. some management experience in this area is encouraged. Program participants must have. a professional association with the mandate to enlarge the scope and opportunity for adult education in Canada. The programs are designed so that as each module is completed. Program Approach The program reflects the reality faced by today’s project managers by tying concepts and practices from every aspect of the project management process together. As participants move through the various modules of the program. participating and/or executing projects. corporate. This progression ensures that participants emerge with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are critical in today’s workplace. provides you with a core curriculum of modules that mirror real-world projects. Who Should Take This Program? The program is designed for aspiring and experienced project managers.

UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 3 . The program helps you: • • fast-forward your career with innovative project management skills and techniques become a project management expert within your industry.Program Benefits The program offers unique advantages to participants who want to strengthen existing competencies and add new tools and techniques to their skill-set in order to enhance their professional expertise and provide value to companies and clients. ensuring timely and cost-effective completion of critical projects • • transition from project specialist to a leader of high-functioning project teams enhance your performance and ability to contribute to the company’s bottom-line.

The curriculum consists of a core program of face-toface sessions with assignment/team project work completed outside of class. the core program is delivered in a part-time classroom format over 3 months. each delivered over a six to eight week period. Program requirements are completed in approximately 4 months. Curriculum may be subject to change. Participants take part in a structured learning experience in teams as well as develop essential skills in MS Project. case studies. Participants complete the core program as a group. the curriculum is presented in six 100% online courses. and more details on the three versions of the program. exercises. Yes Yes Yes Created for those who have the opportunity to participate full-time.ca/project for current schedules.tech. Visit www. and individual/ team assignments/ projects. Created for those who want a flexible learning environment. application deadlines. and business processes and analysis. Option 1 Part-time Program Option 2 Full-time Intensive Program Format & Curriculum Created for those with full-time job responsibilities. Option 3 100% Online Program UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 4 . the program is delivered over 4 months in faceto-face seminar and computer lab environments with most assignments/team project work completed in class. Program requirements must be completed within two years. and then select specialization courses that meet their personal interests and needs.ubc. Curriculum Focused on PMI® Standards Duration of Program Program requirements must be completed within two years. The online program includes tutorials. leadership.Program Format The following outline provides a comparison of the three program delivery versions available for completing the UBC Certificate in Project Management.

descriptions and.ca/project for current program times.ubc. The curriculum that comprises the certificate program will change over time to reflect the needs of participants.tech. locations. where applicable. dates. developments in the profession and the availability of UBC resources. Project Management Processes Following is a list and description of the 5 project management process groups covered in the program: • • • • • Project Initiation Project Planning Project Execution Project Control Project Closing UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 5 . Participants are encouraged to refer to the Project Management web site at www.Curriculum The UBC Certificate in Project Management is based on the Project Management Institute (PMI) Body of Knowledge. The program offers an in-depth understanding of project management and assists participants to develop practical skills by learning leading-edge practices and tools.

risk planning. the project manager must apply leadership. Planning processes include. Remember that project management should be proactive. and planning all of the activities necessary to achieve the objectives and the scope. in which the results are verified and accepted. To effectively control the project. is that this process creates an opportunity for learning from the project and sharing UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 6 . The focus of this module is to explore project controlling activities which will help project managers achieve the project objectives successfully. and the project is transitioned to operations or sustainment. Project Closing Project closing is the last phase in the project life cycle. project execution and continuous change control. The primary purpose of closing processes is to ensure that project objectives were achieved and that the results of the project met the requirements. Project Planning Project planning processes involves clarifying and refining the objectives and the scope in as much detail as possible to develop a comprehensive project management plan. Project Execution Project execution involves carrying out the project plan by performing the activities included therein. phases and alternative work-breakdown structures. Participants also examine processes repeated throughout a project life cycle. budgeting. though. communications and negotiation skills to ensure that the work is performed as planned. During this activity. Project Control Project control involves measuring the progress of the project toward achieving the project objectives and evaluating the remaining requirements for their completion. scope planning and definition. The majority of work on most projects is applied during the executing processes. Another important reason for closing projects properly. communications planning and quality planning.Project Initiation Explore project management methodologies. plan development. project life cycles. and leveraging positive trends as they emerge. The intent of this module is to determine the project manager's responsibilities during project executing and to explore some of the behavioural management skills required by project managers to be more successful. among others. It also involves establishing the team. it is crucial to take action. team development. scheduling. this means correcting for negative trends before they get out of control.

Intensive and 100% Online include a team assignment/project. Assessment Methods Program participants are assessed according to University assessment guidelines to ensure successful acquisition of skills and concepts. Core. peer evaluation. To reflect this reality all program formats. The 360 degree feedback process is an integral part of the assessment system for the team based assignment and the marking schema takes into account team feedback and the contributions to the team made by individual team members. The ability to work with others in a cooperative and collaborative way is one of the keys to successful project management. a 360 degree feedback process is used throughout the program to provide a method for team members to provide feedback to each.tech. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 7 . The focus of this module is on the administrative and financial closing processes. Spread over the duration of the program or course (Applied Project Management in the 100% PM Online program). participants must complete all requirements for graduation within the specified program duration timeframe. The most current information on program requirements is available at www. Team Work and Peer Evaluations Projects are inherently team based activities. assignments. the assignment/project allows students to work in teams while exercising the skills learned in the program. To promote effective team work and to allow course participants to develop their team working skills. presentations and projects if applicable. The process is designed to provide constructive information that can help individuals understand how their efforts are perceived by their colleagues. team members enter into a “team agreement” that specifies the terms of reference within which the team will function. Assessment is based on attendance and participation.ubc. Program Completion Requirements Once admitted into the UBC Certificate in Project Management.this learning with stakeholders for continuous organizational improvements.ca/project. For face–to-face Project Management Intensive and Project Management Core face–toonly: programs only: In support of the team agreement in the face-to-face programs (Project Management Core and Project Management Intensive).

no less than 60%. in the case of incomplete or failed assignments. However. Because of the cohort nature of the part-time and full-time intensive programs. To be granted the UBC Certificate in Project Management. students are obligated to make up for incomplete or failed assignments in a module (course in online program) by retaking the module (course in online program) on their own time at their own expense. this is not always practical or possible. and successfully complete all required coursework.Graduation Criteria To be granted the UBC Certificate in Project Management. Part-time or Full-time participants must attend a minimum of 90% of scheduled classes. 100% online participants must successfully complete required coursework and demonstrate competency in project management by earning a minimum passing grade 60% on each of the six courses. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 8 . As such. students will be required to cover expenses for any additional coursework. In a typical educational program. in keeping with standard academic practice. supervision or assessment involved. exam or course. and in assignments that are numerically graded. individual accommodations may be made by the Program Leader for a make-up assignment. project.

To apply: • choose a mode of study to suit your learning needs (part-time. intentions.Program and Admission Information Admission Information The UBC Certificate in Project Management has a formal admissions procedure to ensure quality education and student support services. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 9 . Meeting minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the program. The admissions process also helps to ensure that the needs. Information on application forms and supporting documents should be as thorough as possible so that the admissions committee will have sufficient information to base their decision. full-time intensive or 100% online) • • • • choose a program start date complete the application form submit the supporting documents for evaluation upon acceptance. and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program’s objectives and capabilities. Application Process A limited number of applicants are admitted to the UBC Certificate in Project Management. submit required fees.

ubc. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 10 .ca/project. which is available at www. or complete the application form at the back of this handbook. Application Form Complete the online application form. Individuals are advised in writing whether they have been accepted into the program.Session Start Dates Program start dates and admission deadlines are online at www.ca/project.tech.ubc. In addition to the application form. Evaluation of Applications An admissions committee reviews all applications.tech. you should also provide the following documents to support your application: • a one-page letter of intent that specifies your goals and objectives for taking the program • a résumé or curriculum vitae documenting your educational achievements and relevant work or volunteer experience.

ubc.800 is due one week prior to the start of the core program. Visit: www.800 CAD. Option 1 Part-time Program Option 2 Full-time Intensive Program Program Fees The registration fee for the core part-time program is $5.095-$2. A non-refundable deposit of $2.ubc.Program Fees Participants should be aware that in some cases textbooks and materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost to the fees outlined below. The fee for the specialization ranges from $1. available (to a maximum of $5.ca/project for more details on the current schedule and individual course costs. Visit: www. and up to $8. Option 3 100% Online Program UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 11 . The total registration fee for the full-time intensive program is $9.500 depending on the specialization and courses selected. payable in two installments.200 is due one week prior to the start of the program. and the balance of $7. and the balance of $4.tech. Visit: www.440 for students without dependants. The total registration fee for the 100% online program is $7.000 is due upon acceptance into the program. payable in two installments.ubc. Fees may be subject to change.475 CAD ($1.ca/project for details on the current schedule and individual course costs.ca/funding for details. Payment Options Core Program: A nonrefundable deposit of $1.000 is due upon acceptance into the program.670 for students with dependants).000 CAD for each course) plus a nonrefundable administration fee of $175.800-$4.tech.200 CAD. The $175 non-refundable administration fee is payable upon acceptance into the program. Student loans are Specialization: fees in the specialization component are paid on a course-bycourse basis. *Book fees are not included in the registration fee. All other course fees are paid on a course-bycourse basis.tech.

and the availability and best use of UBC resources.Program Policies The policies in this section apply to participants enrolled in the UBC Certificate in Project Management. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 12 . This number can vary depending on the availability of instructors and teaching facilities. complete the Program Extension form at: www. developments in the field of project management. course substitution or advanced standing.tech. extensions may be granted.ca/forms. In the event of a major program change. changing technologies and availability of facilities. Changes to Curriculum The courses that comprise the UBC Certificate in Project Management will change over time to reflect the needs of participants. Limited Enrolment A limited number of applicants are admitted to the UBC Certificate in Project Management. Prior Learning Assessment/Advanced Standing We are unable to accommodate requests for prior learning assessment. participants will be notified of options for completing under old or new program requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the program.ubc. To apply for an extension. As certificate programs evolve. Availability of Courses Delivery format choices and course locations are reviewed regularly to respond to participants’ needs. the following guidelines apply to minor changes: • as the curriculum changes over time. participants are expected to complete the overall requirements that were mandatory at the date of their acceptance into the program • participants who have completed courses that are subsequently removed from the program curriculum will receive credit for those courses. Extensions Under exceptional circumstances.

As an alternative. For details.ca/policies/policy104.universitycounsel. In addition.ubc. for unsatisfactory progress in a program of studies or training. Therefore students in our programs are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with professional standards of behaviour.Academic Conduct UBC Continuing Studies takes academic misconduct in the form of cheating and plagiarism seriously and such activities are not tolerated. For additional information about cheating and plagiarism policies. but also applies standards and ethics in keeping with a professional. for failure to abide by regulations.pdf. Students found cheating or plagiarizing will meet stiff penalties which may include dismissal from the program or course with a failing grade with no refund of tuition fees. as well as printing facilities for a small fee.ca/integrity/policies. or for any other reason which is deemed to show that withdrawal is in the interests of the student and/or the University. In such cases there will be no refund of tuition. the Senate of the University may require a student to withdraw from the University at any time for unsatisfactory conduct.vpacademic. The ability to work respectfully in a team environment and specifically with other students. Use of Information Technology Participants must abide by the UBC Responsible Use of Information Technology guidelines. Professional and Ethical Conduct The special nature of our programs obligates UBC Continuing Studies to foster a learning environment that respects the diversity of individuals. Our goal is to make programs a positive learning experience. see http://www. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 13 . instructors and staff is essential and will be assessed in one or more aspects of the program. respect and scholarly integrity. in the UBC Robson Square library.ubc. there are computers available for use during library hours. adult workplace. Computer Access It is expected that participants of this program have a computer with Internet access and a printer at home.htm. please read the UBC policy on academic misconduct at www.

Withdrawing from the Program (full-time intensive program or part-time core program): Participants may withdraw from the full-time intensive or part-time core program at any time but should notify Client Services in writing of the reasons for the withdrawal. Cancellation may be due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. Program Cancellation: Please note that this program will be offered only if sufficient numbers of students are enrolled. Notwithstanding your acceptance into the program. In order to apply the credit for these courses toward a specialization within the part-time certificate. Cancellation Policy Class and Speaker Cancellations: UBC Continuing Studies is sometimes forced to cancel or postpone a class or speaker or provide substitute lecturers.Withdrawal Policy Withdrawing from a Course (part-time specialization or 100% online): UBC Continuing Studies requires notice of withdrawal from a course at least three business days before the course begins. and does not guarantee that a particular class or speaker will be available at a particular scheduled time. UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 14 . This will help participants decide if the UBC Certificate in Project Management program is the appropriate professional development program for them. this program may be cancelled by UBC Continuing Studies without prior notice at any time up to 21 days before the start of classes. Be sure to include your name and student number. After such notification. participants must have successfully completed the required course assignments. Tuition fees are non-refundable. When appropriate. Taking Courses Prior to Applying to the Program (part-time and 100% online program only) As specialization courses are open to the general public participants may take up to 40 hours of courses or one online course before making a formal application to the program. the course number and start date. UBC Continuing Studies will issue a refund. Notification may be made in writing or by phoning the registration office at 604-822-1420. An administration charge of $50 and any non-refundable charges will be deducted for each course. UBC Continuing Studies will schedule an additional class and/or activity.

All activities are delivered with a forward-thinking. UBC Applied Science also includes the Schools of Architecture and Nursing. and is committed to providing leading-edge educational opportunities for local. UBC Continuing Studies has won numerous educational awards. national and international participants.Administration UBC Continuing Studies presents the UBC Certificate in Project Management in partnership with Executive Education. please go to www. For further information. It offers management development and strategic organizational development programs that enable individuals to lead their organizations into the future.ubc.ca UBC Sauder School of Business is one of Canada’s leading business schools. UBC Faculty of Applied Science is British Columbia’s only comprehensive engineering school. In addition to the Certificate in Project Management. while engaging in research. All three groups recognize the need for skilled project managers and are committed to delivering a program that graduates innovative leaders in this field. results-oriented and community-responsive approach. Sauder School of Business and in collaboration with the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.cstudies. UBC Continuing Studies offers numerous other programs for professional and educational development. It offers outstanding and distinctive programs through six engineering departments and six research centres. scholarly activity and professional service of the highest caliber. Instructors The face-to-face courses in the UBC Certificate in Project Management are taught by professionals in the field who bring their education and work experience into the classroom UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 15 .

Dale Christenson. UBC Sauder School of Business Svein Haugen. UBC Continuing Studies UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 16 . Senior Consultant. and they ensure that the program is comprehensive and dynamic. Director. UBC Continuing Studies Fiona McAuley.as well as by Sauder School of Business and Business Administration faculty and Continuing Studies instructors. Karmen Blackwood. President. Program Leader. Customer Services. they also know how to effectively communicate their knowledge to participants. Director of the Project Management Centre of Excellence. Centre for Transportation. UBC Continuing Studies Christopher Dennis. Project Management Support Services William Koty. Executive Education. with significant input from professional project managers who are active in this field. Program Advisory Committee The UBC Certificate in Project Management was developed by UBC Continuing Studies in partnership with Executive Education. Open Enrolment Program Development and Director. Senior Program Leader. Sauder School of Business and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. Annex Consulting Group Inc. Our instructors not only know project management because they work in the field. Director. Director. both in their careers and their professional associations. Our teaching staff includes instructors who work as independent consultants or as full-time staff in companies that practice project management. Director. UBC Continuing Studies Bill Rose. Cariboo Connector. BC Public Service Raquel Collins. Go n Grow Business Consulting David Gillen. UBC Sauder School of Business Stacey Cerniuk. Principle. Ministry of Transportation Certificate in Project Management Administration Peter Moroney. The instructors have been selected to provide a balance of academic instruction and realworld experience. Program Director. Applied Masters Degrees.

In addition to filling out an application form. Mode of Study: • Part-time Program 100% Online Program Full-time Intensive Program SESSION START DATE: ______________________ NAME TODAY’S DATE HOME ADDRESS CITY PROVINCE/STATE COUNTRY POSTAL/ZIP CODE WORK ADDRESS CITY PROVINCE/STATE COUNTRY POSTAL/ZIP CODE TELEPHONE (DAY) FAX EMAIL UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 17 . ensure you include the following with your application: • a résumé or curriculum vitae documenting education achievements and recent work and volunteer experience. Payment of a portion of the tuition fee (part-time and full-time program) or an administration fee (100% online program) is required upon acceptance into the program.tech. Applicants must complete either the online application form (www. interests.Application Form Applicants should read and thoroughly understand the Program Handbook before applying to the program.ca/project) or paper-based form thoroughly so that the admissions committee has sufficient information on which to base their decision.ubc. including the names and phone numbers of three references • a brief word-processed letter of intent that specifies your goals. program expectations and describes your level of computer knowledge and experience (maximum 500 words).

diplomas.Educational Background a. NATURE OF ACTIVITY COMPANY/ORGANIZATION YEAR(S) NATURE OF ACTIVITY COMPANY/ORGANIZATION YEAR(S) UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 18 . diplomas or degrees. certificates. please provide the following information: Year of graduation: Degree: b. Applicants may be requested to provide a copy of post-secondary transcripts. INSTITUTION COURSE NAME YEAR COMPLETED INSTITUTION COURSE NAME YEAR COMPLETED Work Experience Give details about your current work experience or attach a résumé if preferred. DEGREE/CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA INSTITUTION YEAR COMPLETED DEGREE/CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA INSTITUTION YEAR COMPLETED If you are alumnus of UBC. List all project-management or management-related courses in which you are currently enrolled or have completed in the last three years (use additional page if needed). and other formal or informal courses of study/qualifications you consider relevant to your application. List all degree(s).

Maximum of 500 words. NAME AFFILIATION TELEPHONE NAME AFFILIATION TELEPHONE NAME AFFILIATION TELEPHONE UBC Certificate in Project Management – Program Handbook Jan 2010 19 . and include their affiliation to you. program expectations and the goals you expect to achieve upon completion of the program.Letter of Intent In a separate letter of intent. Please also comment on your level of computer literacy and familiarity with the Internet. References List the names and phone numbers of three academic or professional references. define your interests.

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